Lough Derg Pilgrimage 2018

Participants in the Elphin Diocese’s and Ballinasloe & District pilgrimages to Lough Derg, June 22nd – 24th 2018












The Elphin diocese’s third annual three-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg concluded on Sunday June 24th 2018.

As well as praying for our personal intentions we invoked God’s blessing on our parishes and diocese.

Owing to the lovely weather, the care and support of the Lough Derg Team and the presence of other pilgrims from around Ireland and further afield the pilgrimage  turned out to be a very social as well as spiritual experience.  Many of us look forward to participating again next year.

Persons interested in participating in our 2019 pilgrimage are encouraged to forward their name, email address and  / 0r  mobile number to Justin Harkin for inclusion in the 2019 Pilgrimage Reminder Service.

Justin can be contacted on his mobile:  087 6171526    or via his email address:  justin@elphindiocese.ie


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Introduction to Lough Derg
St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, is among the oldest centres of Christian Pilgrimage in Western Europe, dating back to the sixth century. It lies about four miles north of the village of Pettigo in County Donegal, in the Diocese of Clogher, and is renowned in Irish Christian tradition since the time of St. Patrick.

Lough Derg is a special place of peace and personal challenge and has been receiving pilgrims continuously for well over 1000 years.

For many it is also a place of great healing, an extraordinary place where profound communion  between God and the individual takes place and usually is unseen and unheard by anyone except the person themselves.


Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage 2018
On the weekend of Friday June 22nd to Sunday June 24th h 2018 a pilgrim group from the Elphin diocese will undertake the Lough Derg three-day pilgrimage.  

The pilgrimage is reserved to adults over eighteen years of age who are in good health and who do not any disability or health condition that could give rise to difficulties for the person over the course of the pilgrimage.


Elphin Pilgrimage
Dates & Times:
  Friday June 22nd to Sunday June 24th 2018

Pilgrims are asked to be at the Island for 1 pm on Friday June 22nd.
They will depart the Island at 10 am on Sunday June 24th.

Spiritual Directors:


  Fr. Gerard Cryan (Summerhill College, Sligo).
Information on Lough Derg:


  Please visit:  www.loughderg.org


  Please consult the Lough Derg Three Day Brochure by clicking here. 
Cost per person
(excluding travel):
  Senior Citizen’s:  €70.00

Other Adults:  €75.00

 Payable on bus or, for those travelling by car, on arrival at  Lough Derg.






 Travel to and from Lough Derg

Pilgrims are welcome to make their own travel arrangements to and from Lough Derg
or avail of a Special Pilgrim Bus Service, pending available  places.


Pilgrim Bus Schedule and Booking Arrangement

Subject to demand the following bus service will be provided.




Drop Off
 08.30 Ballinasloe
(Clonfert Diocese)
 St. Michael’s Church 14.15 €35.00  
 08.50 Ballyforan  St. Joseph’s Church 13.55 €35.00  
 09.05 Athleague  St. Patrick’s Church 13.40 €35.00  
 09.20 Roscommon  Sacred Heart Church Car Park 13.30 €35.00  
 9.45 Tulsk Tulsk Filling Station  13.10 €30.00  
 10.20 Boyle  St. Joseph’s Church  12.45 €30.00  
 10.40 Castlebaldwin
* Rest Stop *
 Service Station  12.30 €25.00  
 11.15  Sligo  Summerhilll College Car Park  12.10 €25.00  
 11.35  Drumcliffe  St. Colmcille’s Church  11.50 €25.00  
 12.00  Grange  Church of Mary Immaculate  11.30 €25.00  
 12.15  Cliffoney Church of St. Molaise  11.15 €25.00  
 13.30  Lough Derg  Lough Derg Car  Park 10.00-        –   –



















 To reverse a place on the bus please contact  Justin Harkin @ 087 6171526 / justin@elphindiocese.ie  before Tuesday June 19th.


Places on a first-come first-served basis.


Other Enquiries

Please contact Justin Harkin @ 087 6171526  /  justin@elphindiocese.ie .